Stirred and Shaken: Lone Star Saloon's Green Demon

It was dangerously close to Tuesday morning, it was raining and I was combing the gutter outside Lone Star Saloon (1900 Travis, 713-757-1616) for a receipt I shouldn't have thrown away. Bartender Kari was helping me look because a) she's gracious, b) it was the merchant copy, which she needed to prove I'd paid my rather excessive tab, and c) there was no one else in the bar to serve, anyway. Yeah, it was one of those nights. Kari, a heavy-equipment operator, moved to Galena Park after getting laid off in her home state of Oregon. Unable to find work in her field, she started bartending at the downtown dive three months ago.

After hearing her story, I offered to buy her a green drink of her choice in honor of the Beaver State. She had yet to add that hue to her mixological repertoire, so one of my companions suggested a green demon. We improvised a recipe with what the Lone Star had on hand, with mixed results: It tasted like Hi-C Ecto Cooler and, thanks to the bar's tight pour control policy, cost about as much as a steakhouse martini. They were plenty potent, though — I'm usually not one to grab the wrong receipt or litter. Blame it on demonic influence.

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce light rum

1 ounce Midori liqueur

Shake vodka, rum and Midori and pour over ice in a highball glass. Top off with lemonade and a cherry, if such luxuries are available. Repeating this process may result in involuntary exorcism.

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